How to get motivated when you are not in the mood to work! The Pomodoro Technique

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My brain is fried and I don’t want to work. It is 15.40pm and it is grey outside. Feeling physically and emotionally tired.

I have lots to do and I just feel tired and unmotivated! What do I do?

I pat myself on the back for what I have achieved this morning – 3 major task that have been on the to do list for a few days now.

To get myself motivated without feeling overwhelmed I have set the computer timer for 20 minutes.


I will spend 20 minutes on a task that I have been avoiding for a week. This trick will help me get started and I might even work longer than 20 Minutes. Or even if I work 20 minutes only, I will feel better for doing some work on this task.

The 20 minute kick starter is officially known as the Pomodoro Technique. Click here to find out more.

* Note: you can adapt this technique to your needs, you can work for 30 mins, or 45 minutes and take a 15 minute break. The point is to get you started, and get you out of the rut of not wanting to work. Once you start with a small amount of time, you trick yourself and you don’t feel overwhelmed. Once you start then you are more likely to carry on longer. It is fabulous way to get out of rut and make progress, even if it is just 20 minutes.


I enlist the help of coffee, vegan chocolate cake and a mango sauce.

And I have set up myself up ergonomically at my dinning room table. I wrote a blog post on this -click here to read. Good posture will save you from neck aches, shoulder and back pains.

Click here to read my 3 easy productivity tips that are tried and tested. They will get you motivated when you have no motivation.

I hope this posts has motivated you. Do let me know in the comments below.


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19 thoughts on “How to get motivated when you are not in the mood to work! The Pomodoro Technique

  1. I love this technique! I’ve been doing it for a few months now and I’ve been able to do so much reading and writing. I tend to get very overwhelmed so knowing that I just have to work on a little piece for 15-30 minutes (depending) has helped me increase my productivity tenfold. My method is to set my FitBit timer on my wrist. It find it better than the computer or phone timer because it’s attached to me and it doesn’t get me anxious that way somehow.

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  2. It is true that optimists, or positive thinkers, are at an advantage in life compared to pessimists. This is because of the effect your mindset and attitude have on everything we come across.
    Thank you for publishing this.

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    1. Oooo… you’ve hit a reflex, there, with your factoid. I believe that for every optimist who’s been disappointed in life there are just as many pessimists who have been pleasantly surprised that things turned out better than they expected! πŸ˜›

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      1. Thanks Colin. There are so many seasons in life. I think we can be both a optimistic and a pessimist at different times of life. I find i can even be both at the same time, depending on the topic. Lol

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  3. Bella, we are kindred spirits πŸ€—

    I’ve used the Pomodoro method when I was having trouble with distractions and it was sooooo helpful πŸ‘πŸ»

    I don’t use the timer any longer but keep an eye on the click and truly I find myself being more productive and better energy.

    Goodluck πŸ˜ŠπŸ€
    Btw…your workspace looks yummy!

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      1. Yes!!! It works perfectly to break me out of my rutπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ» and yes, I don’t see any evidence of you being stuck πŸ˜‰ but great too for when it happens!

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